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24" Asus PA248Q 1920x1200 IPS LCD Monitor w/ 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub EXPIRED

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Promoted 07-16-2013 at 09:48 PM View Original Post
Amazon has 24" Asus PA248Q 1920x1200 IPS LCD Monitor w/ 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub on sale for $275 - $20 Rebate = $255. Shipping is free. Thanks Discombobulated

Specs:
  • Resolution: 1920x1200
  • Contrast Ratio: ASCR 80,000,000:1
  • Response Time: 6ms
  • Inputs
    • 1x HDMI
    • 1x DisplayPort
    • 1x DVI
    • 1x D-Sub
    • 4x USB
Price Research: Our research indicates that 24" Asus PA248Q 1920x1200 IPS LCD Monitor is $35 lower (12% savings) than the next best above two available price from a reputable merchant with prices ranging from $290 to $346. - yuugotserved

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Edited July 16, 2013 at 09:25 PM by widgit
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Update: Amazon [amazon.com] now has it for $254.99 after $20 Rebate [images-amazon.com] /w free shipping

For those interested; slightly lower this time around

Note, feel free to price match [amazon.com] to Amazon for those that prefer that vendor (they have the same active rebate)

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#61
Quote from Quension View Post :
You'll want this Asus instead of the Dell U2412 for 1080p sources (consoles, disc players, etc) because it has 1:1 pixel mapping, meaning it'll show 1920x1080 instead of stretching it to 1920x1200. The Dell always stretches.

However, like superstition I generally recommend a different monitor for gaming anyway due to latency and contrast.

I got myself a PA248Q as a primary PC monitor with an eye toward photography due to the color accuracy, and I have to say it shines at that and at basic use. The color balance shows even web site color schemes in a whole new light. Stuff just looks great and it's comfortable to use. But when I attached an Xbox 360 to it via HDMI, I discovered the processing latency was just too high for FPS-type games. The PA248Q is low latency, and I wouldn't consider myself a pro gamer or anything, but it was enough that it bothered me.

So I got myself a 27" BenQ GW2750HM monitor (same family as the 2450 superstition recommended), which is A-MVA. The latency on it is much better for FPS-style gaming, the view angles are still decent, and the contrast just blows the PA248Q's IPS panel out of the water (blacks are black instead of gray at full brightness in a typically lit room), so I use it as my media monitor (gaming, streaming video, etc). The downside is color accuracy and consistency is not nearly as good as the Asus, though that's not something you notice when immersed in a game or movie. I visually adjusted it to be as close as possible, but it's just sub-par for general use, so I stick with the PA248Q as my primary display.
Quote from superstition View Post :
The person I replied to asked about gaming. The extra pixels aren't particularly compelling for a gaming setup.

The greater contrast of A-MVA is generally going to trump the extra pixels for gaming and especially for watching films.

Plus, if extra resolution is so vastly important... one can pick up a Korean monitor from Ebay for a bit more than the price of this Asus.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Glossy-QN...1099912197
Quote from superstition View Post :
The less expensive BenQ 24" A-MVA panel has much more contrast so it is better for immersion in games and films. IPS' main claim to fame is a wider off-angle viewing range. Contrast trumps that for most people.

The BenQ has been as low as $150.

The model is GW2450HM as far as I recall.
Quote from onthedownlow02 View Post :
depends on what video card you have what games you want to play and budget
Thanks for the replies guys. Will look in to the suggested monitor.

I do a wide range of gaming, a good amount of FPS, but also quite a bit of RTS and RPG. PC gaming BTW. While money is not tight at the moment, I don't really care to spend $500+ on a monitor marginally better than what I have. Wouldn't mind dropping 200-300 on a nice monitor meant for gaming though.
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#62
So, I have a GTX 670 +FTW w/ 4gb RAM...

Would I be better off holding out for a 2560x1440 screen like the Auria 27" (or Korean equivalent) since my card can handle the high res, or should I pounce on this and it wouldn't actually be wasting any of the GPU? Not worried about the size so much, 24 is fine as far as that goes.

There will be a decent amount of FPS involved, but not soley. I do a lot of reading/writing and it would be a main screen as well.

: /
Trying to decide before I go the Amazon gift card route with my cash before this deal's gone.

Edit: I guess I didn't refresh the page since the last batch of answers to a similar question was posted. But my question stands to those who swear by the higher res: is 1400 a much more noticeable improvement than 1200?

MC has an open box Auria (with bad AG coating which would aggravate me) for 50 bucks more so..someone push me over the reasonable side of fence? I wasn't prepared for a deal today.
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#63
Quote from birdwax View Post :
Allow me redirect you fine gentleman to a post I wrote regarding 5thElement's concerns in a recent thread about the Dell 2412m:

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=60657570&postcount=82
Funny.

If you want to actually see some effects of the dimming you can look at your monitor with a P&S camera or cell phone. It will by out of sync with the phone so when you take the monitor off from 100% brightness you will see like a rolling patern of light/dark bars.

Using the cell phone I could verify that at max brightness this monitor has no dimming, put it at 98% and the dimming kicks in, you can see a light/dark pattern scrolling down the screen.

So with this monitor I leave the screen at 100% then use an app to dim the screen and everything is hunky dorry, rock solid with no rolling in the cell phone.

While I think the negative health effects may be slightly exagerated (destroying rods and cones and nervous system) flickering screens have been known to cause headaches/stress in folks suseptible to that sort of thing.
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#64
Quote from TheZander View Post :
Have you ever seen a TN panel and an IPS panel side by side?

I have a two 24" monitors - this Asus IPS panel and a Dell TN panel. Both are 24" with 1920x1200 resolution, connected with some type of digital input (DVI on the Dell, DP on the Asus).

The difference is night and day. The Dell at full brightness is still dimmer than the Asus at 50-60% brightness. And the Asus at FULL brightness still has blacker blacks than the Dell at reduced brightness. I still make good use of the extra real estate, don't get me wrong. A 24 inch 1920x1200 panel is a productivity machine, and you can get some good work or gaming done on it.

But once you've experienced something of much better quality, you do your primary and most important stuff (gaming and editing) on the nicer screen and greatly appreciate the better picture.

You get what you pay for. Big surprise.
I have seen the difference sure its better but is it really needed...NO

Its more "I want the best" that will make you broke over time.
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Quote from NotYetRated View Post :
Thanks for the replies guys. Will look in to the suggested monitor.

I do a wide range of gaming, a good amount of FPS, but also quite a bit of RTS and RPG. PC gaming BTW. While money is not tight at the moment, I don't really care to spend $500+ on a monitor marginally better than what I have. Wouldn't mind dropping 200-300 on a nice monitor meant for gaming though.
If you want to spend $300 for a gaming monitor, you may want to get one of the Korean high-res panels. The uniformity may not be good, there may be dead pixels, and returns are a pain. However, the resolution is very high. You will need a powerful GPU to push the pixels.

The 27" BenQ A-MVA panel has been as low as $199, which should have been front page but wasn't. Also, the 24" has been as low as $150, which also should have been front page but wasn't.

The BenQ monitors give good enough color reproduction for most users once calibrated. Prad.de claims they only provide about 88% of the sRGB color space, but my Spyder 4 indicates 94%. The higher contrast of A-MVA outweighs a small reduction in sRGB color coverage in terms of gaming and film watching.

The person trying to say "buy IPS" because of contrast is missing out on A-MVA. TN panels can have similar contrast ratios to IPS panels. It depends upon the panel. A-MVA is always a lot better for black level.
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Quote from AznCracker View Post :
Do these monitors have sound? If not then I see no reason for HDMI. DVI and hdmi are essentially the same besides the sound thing and the shape of the connectors. Also all video cards have DVI ports but not all have hdmi from all the video cards I have looked at.
I have a different Asus monitor - but it also has both DVI and HDMI connections. I have my desktop PC connected via the DVI port. And I use the HDMI port to connect my work issued notebook PC, for when I work from home and want to take advantage of the larger screen. So although I don't really need the sound aspect of HDMI, it is nice having the two digital connections. It avoids having to unplug or change connections. I leave the HDMI cable ready to plug into the notebook PC when needed.
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Quote from Indio22 View Post :
I have a different Asus monitor - but it also has both DVI and HDMI connections. I have my desktop PC connected via the DVI port. And I use the HDMI port to connect my work issued notebook PC, for when I work from home and want to take advantage of the larger screen. So although I don't really need the sound aspect of HDMI, it is nice having the two digital connections. It avoids having to unplug or change connections. I leave the HDMI cable ready to plug into the notebook PC when needed.
i see then. btw where did you get that 2500k for $100?
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Quote from AznCracker View Post :
i see then. btw where did you get that 2500k for $100?
That had to be one of the better deals I got in on.Smilie Microcenter for some reason had the 2500K for $100 back in November. Happened to see it at the right time and got one. I recall it went OOS fast:

http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/83184/microcenter-stores-intel-core-i5-2500k-3.3ghz-lga-1155-boxed-processor
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Quote from Indio22 View Post :
That had to be one of the better deals I got in on.Smilie Microcenter for some reason had the 2500K for $100 back in November. Happened to see it at the right time and got one. I recall it went OOS fast:

http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/83184/microcenter-stores-intel-core-i5-2500k-3.3ghz-lga-1155-boxed-processor
oh yea i remember that. it was oos at my store Frown
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#70
Well I got my monitor, but Amazon just shipped it in the manufacturer box and it must have damaged the built in speakers.

Using a HDMI cable that worked with another monitor.
Download Realtek ATI HDMI sound drivers.
Uninstalled and reinstalled my graphics driver.
Then realized I could just use the headphones to test it.

How decent are the built in speakers? Should I keep it b/c of the price and it being front page? Or return for full amazon refund... already talked to Amazon and THANK GOD i didn't mail the UPC code, I had it cut out and in the envelope....

EDIT: oh yeah, amazon has none left in stock (thanks sd, lol) and no substitute.
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Quote from ezekiel3714 View Post :
Well I got my monitor, but Amazon just shipped it in the manufacturer box and it must have damaged the built in speakers.

Using a HDMI cable that worked with another monitor.
Download Realtek ATI HDMI sound drivers.
Uninstalled and reinstalled my graphics driver.
Then realized I could just use the headphones to test it.

How decent are the built in speakers? Should I keep it b/c of the price and it being front page? Or return for full amazon refund... already talked to Amazon and THANK GOD i didn't mail the UPC code, I had it cut out and in the envelope....

EDIT: oh yeah, amazon has none left in stock (thanks sd, lol) and no substitute.
I don't think this monitor has built in speakers does it? I didn't see it mentioned on ASUS's website. It does have a 3.5mm output jack to connect your own speakers though.
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#72
Quote from ezekiel3714 View Post :
Well I got my monitor, but Amazon just shipped it in the manufacturer box and it must have damaged the built in speakers.

Using a HDMI cable that worked with another monitor.
Download Realtek ATI HDMI sound drivers.
Uninstalled and reinstalled my graphics driver.
Then realized I could just use the headphones to test it.

How decent are the built in speakers? Should I keep it b/c of the price and it being front page? Or return for full amazon refund... already talked to Amazon and THANK GOD i didn't mail the UPC code, I had it cut out and in the envelope....

EDIT: oh yeah, amazon has none left in stock (thanks sd, lol) and no substitute.
No built-in speakers, just headphone jack.
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#73
A lot of good points made about this monitor already. I've owned it since March and have been very pleased. The spring-loaded telescoping feature is nice and smooth. Base is sturdy. Portrait mode comes in handy for writing (layering two documents one on top of the other).

I mainly use this monitor for photo editing and have been very pleased. The extra vertical pixels really do spoil you. It's a bummer going into the office and using my 19" 1020 display. Color accuracy is damn close to my peers' monitors that cost at least 2x more than my Asus (I paid about $330 wah wah).

About two weeks into using the monitor I had a hot pixel in the lower left quadrant of the screen. Amazon cross-shipped a replacement. Then, the pixel magically fixed itself. I debated on what to do but after comparing the two monitors side-by-side, I decided I liked the color temperature of the first screen better and kept it. No pixel problems since.

I do notice a bit of rolling or flickering at times when I have the brightness dialed down to below 50% but it hasn't bothered me. Not yet anyway.

For what it's worth I would highly recommend this monitor. Especially at this price.
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